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FILM | Reel Mind Film Festival

We readily recognize that health issues result in part from toxic environmental factors, but don't always give the same consideration to the effects that the sick and ailing world has on its people. Any step we can take to increase the sensitivity with which we treat mental illness — or any illness, for that matter — is a good step. The annual Reel Mind Film & Theatre Series features films and performances about mental illness, addiction, and brain disorders. The fourth season kicks off this week with an art exhibit and film screening at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) on Tuesday, May 14.

At 6 p.m., check out "Luminaria," an art exhibit by mental-health consumers curated by the Mental Health Association's Creative Wellness Coalition. At 7 p.m., watch "In a Dream," an award-winning documentary chronicling the work and mental-health struggles of artist Isaiah Zagar, who has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Memorial Art Gallery Chief Curator Marjorie Searle, Creative Wellness Coalition Art Therapist Leslie Werlin, and guest artists.

More screenings will take place in late May and June. Tickets are $8 per event, or $28 for the series of four. For more information and the schedule of events, call 325-3145 x100 or visit